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Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Livan Hernandez turns 39 years old today!!!

Livan was the primary reason that the Florida Marlins won the World Series title in 1997.  If it wasn’t for his amazing pitching in the NLCS and World Series who knows if the Marlins would have been able to prevail.  I can still remember Livan screaming ‘I Love You Miami’ as he put the team on his back on the way to the title.

He had a very solid major league career, and he certainly left his mark on the sport and the Marlins franchise.

In 17 big league seasons, Livan compiled a 178-177 record in 474 starts.  He has a career ERA of 4.44 with 1,976 strikeouts and 1,066 walks.  Livan is a 2-time All-Star, a Silver Slugger Award winner, and a runner-up for the Rookie Of The Year Award.

Happy Birthday to the 1997 World Series MVP!!!

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Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Livan Hernandez turns 38 years old today!!!

Livan was the primary reason that the Florida Marlins won the World Series title in 1997.  If it wasn’t for his amazing pitching in the NLCS and World Series who knows if the Marlins would have been able to prevail.  I can still remember Livan screaming ‘I Love You Miami’ as he put the team on his back on the way to the title.

For Livan’s birthday I am going to give him a treat.  This is certainly not something you should give a professional athlete that is tuning up his body for another season, but I want Livan to enjoy himself.  I’m going to get him a $25 gift card to McDonalds.  Silly you say?  NO!!!  Livan loves fast food.  Hell, in the months after winning the World Series in 1997, it was rumored that Livan gained up to 43 pounds from his constant trips to the drive-thru window at McD’s!!!

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Livan Hernandez 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Livan Hernandez 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

If you were a baseball fan back in 1997 and you were watching the playoffs, it was hard to escape the effect that Livan Hernandez was having on the sport.

Simply stated, Livan was dominating all comers!!

I have often said that watching Livan Hernandez pitch while living in the South Florida area is the closest thing to ‘Fernando-Mania’ that Dodgers fans experienced in the very early 1980’s.

I picked up this card of Livan from the 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes set.  And it instantly becomes one of my favorites so thus far.

Have a look:

Livan Hernandez Signed Baseball With 1997 World Series MVP Inscription!!!!

Livan Hernandez Signed Baseball With 1997 World Series MVP Inscription!!!!

I have been on a Florida Marlins memorial kick for a little bit now…

Not only am I paying tribute to them by collecting each and every Topps issued team set in franchise history.

But I am also trying to scoop up some pretty neat collectibles too…

Like this signed baseball by Charlie Hough!!

And let’s not forget my sweet Al Leiter No-Hitter collection.

And now I can add another great item to my collection, a signed baseball by 1997 World Series MVP, Livan Hernandez.

The story goes like this – in a matter of hours, Livan was cut by the Astros and signed by the Braves.  The Braves train at Disney World for Spring Training and one of the guys that I am buddies with on one of the autograph collectors sites that I visit frequently got Livan to sign a ball for him.  He later questioned if he wanted it, so I swooped in with an offer that he was happy to accept.

And now, I have another great Marlins piece for my collection!!!!

Thanks for reading!!

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Livan Hernandez turns 37 years old today!!!

Livan was the primary reason that the Florida Marlins won the World Series title in 1997.  If it wasn’t for his amazing pitching in the NLCS and World Series who knows if the Marlins would have been able to prevail.  I can still remember Livan screaming ‘I Love You Miami’ as he put the team on his back on the way to the title.

For Livan’s birthday I am going to give him a treat.  This is certainly not something you should give a professional athlete that is tuning up his body for another season, but I want Livan to enjoy himself.  I’m going to get him a $25 gift card to McDonalds.  Silly you say?  NO!!!  Livan loves fast food.  Hell, in the months after winning the World Series in 1997, it was rumored that Livan gained up to 43 pounds from his constant trips to the drive-thru window at McD’s!!!

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’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

Man, my team has been making headlines of late – and very little of it is good.

So, I wanted to flip the script a bit and think of my ‘fish’ in a more positive light.

And what better way to do that than to present to you my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

And while some of these players may not have reached the peak of their career while suited up for my ‘home team’, they certainly did make me smile while playing in Miami.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention:  Hanley Ramirez, Benito Santiago, Devon White, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Ivan Rodriguez, Livan Hernandez, Charles Johnson, Al Leiter, Miguel Cabrera, Cameron Maybin, Juan Pierre, Dontrelle Willis, Tim Raines, and Craig Counsell.

10 – Andre Dawson.  Come on, you know that he was going to be on the list…

9 – Logan Morrison / Chris Coghlan / Mike Stanton / Gaby Sanchez – Neither of these guys has done quite enough yet to earn a spot to themselves, but between the four of them I think our core of offense looks great for the future.  I could very easily picture each of these guys occupying a spot for themselves a few years from now…

8 – Luis Castillo.  A very solid defender who put up solid batting averages, on-base percentages, and stolen base numbers on a consistent basis.

7 – Jeff Conine – ‘Mr. Marlin’.  He is probably the team’s most recognized player of all-time, and he is worthy of the title.

6 – Dan Uggla.  I loved watching this guy club homer after homer into the empty outfield seats in Miami.

5 – Josh Johnson.  He will go down as the team’s greatest pitcher to date.  Now, JJ just needs to focus on maintaining his health.  When he is on, he is a Cy Young candidate with very few equals.

4 – Edgar Renteria.  This guy delivered offense at the best times, when they were needed the most.  Very soft-spoken and generally hiding from any form of spotlight, Edgar let his game do the talking.  It it spoke volumes!!

3 – Josh Beckett.  We got to see Josh when he was green.  But even back then, he showed us flashes of his great command and powerful stuff.  No player can single-handidly win you a championship, but Josh certainly played a big part of our 2003 title.

 

2 – Cody Ross.  Nothing but smiles from and for Cody.  A truly class act with a a respect for the game that is obvious with each act he completes on the field.  Probably one of the most popular Marlins players of all-time.

1 – Mike Lowell.  There was very little that Lowell couldn’t do.  He was a solid teammate, a vocal leader, and he backed up his words with great offense and supreme defense.  You cannot help but cheer for a player that has been through what he has been through – A class act all of the way!!!

And there you have it, my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

Did I miss anyone???  Let me know.

And week, I have a great idea… Think Long-Ball…  Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading!!!

Ryan Zimmerman Foils The Marlins Plans…

Ryan Zimmerman is one of those players you just cannot route against.  He is a solid major league baseball player, whose talent level is higher than most of his peers and competitors.

But when the Marlins play the Nationals, I do tend to hope he doesn’t perform at the same level I am used to seeing out of him.

And going into game 3 of this past weekend’s 3-game series with the Nats, the Marlins had done a pretty decent job of keeping Zimmerman in check while also securing 2 victories.

And in game 3 things were going very well.  As the 2 teams headed into the top of the ninth inning, the score was locked at 2 and then the Marlins managed to score 2 times giving them a favorable chance to sweep the series while also picking up a little ground in the wild card chase.  Soon the score was 4-3 and then HE stepped up to the plate.

As if it was scripted by a Hollywood director, Ryan Zimmerman blasted a 2-run game-winning, walk-off home run to win the game and foil the plans of the Marlins and their opportunity to inch a little closer to the wild card.

‘Zim’, you did it to me and it hurts!!  Against any other team I would be cheering for you, but this one was like a blow to the stomach…

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Congrats!!